Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is always a wonderful way to make one’s entire face brighten as it is the most welcoming aspect of a person’s initial contact with another. Professional teeth whitening is extremely popular as many want a whiter smile quickly for their wedding, summer barbecue, interview, party or dinner. Whitening is affordable and beneficial for people to have a fast and effortless way to make a noticeable difference in the way they look.

There are several techniques that can be used to whiten your smile. All have their pros and cons. Whitening strips or whitening toothpaste may brighten your teeth up to 2 shades when used daily. A second technique includes the use of a gel placed in custom made plastic trays. These trays are placed in the mouth as directed. This technique may whiten your teeth up to 4 shades. And the third is having your teeth whitened professionally, this technique can whiten them up to 8 shades.

It is normal and natural for teeth to become discolored over time. It is a common effect from eating and drinking caused by the sugar and acids that people consume. There is also the aging factor in which the teeth start to slowly become more and more porous allowing for the staining to be more likely. The differences between one’s diet also can influence the porosity and susceptibility of one’s teeth to become discolored. There are also interior teeth issues that also make one more susceptible to a stain. Trauma, certain minerals that were around during the formation of the teeth, or the lack of ingestion of fluoride can cause these types of discoloring effects. Staining easily can happen through drinking coffee, tea, red wine or cola, aging, or using tobacco products. Even using a colored mouth wash can stain teeth.

Professional Zoom™ whitening

A great whitening to consider would be Zoom™ teeth whitening. It would be good to talk with a dental professional to examine whether Zoom™ is a good fit for you. It will not whiten any crowns (caps) or teeth replacements; therefore, if major whitening is going to occur, it would be best to first consider whether a change of teeth color would dramatically alter your smile according to the dental work and placement of that work.

Prior to the start of the Zoom™ process, it is important that the teeth have a professional cleaning by a hygienist. Zoom™ uses a hydrogen peroxide based paste that is brushed on the teeth. Then a special Zoom™ light activates the gel to help it penetrate all the stains. Protection is important. That is why about 20 minutes prior to your exposure to the light; the hygienist protects the patient’s soft tissue: the gums and lips. After covering the gums, this light is placed over the teeth for 15 minutes, two or three separate times. At the end of one cycle, the gel is wiped off and re-applied before the next cycle. The Light Activated Gel makes a thorough sweep of the patient stains on enamel and dentin. Because of the intensity of the Zoom™ whitening, one should follow the treatment with using a sensitivity or doctor prescribed fluoride toothpaste. This will help to alleviate any discomfort caused by this process.

There are also take-home methods and product given after the Zoom procedure to continue the whitening process. It will also be important to stay away from certain foods after the treatment; at least for the first forty-eight hours. This usually includes dark colored fluids or staining foods that can often affect the treatment or whitening’s affect.

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